Friday, 31 December 2021

Happy New Year!

 



Wishing you all a very happy new year!

May it be full of love, happiness and new adventures.

Stay safe everyone wherever in the world you happen to be x

Tuesday, 28 December 2021

New Book and Sharing The Spoils

I have had the new Richard Osman book for a few weeks but have been saving it until after Christmas so that I had something to look forward to. I began reading yesterday and am loving it. I can hardly bear to put it down! He writes in a style which shows he understands certain characters so well and portrays them in a very entertaining manner.  The police officers are.... Um... unusual..... but they are brilliant ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‚




After being indoors for several days, G and I felt the need for some fresh air so this morning I made sandwiches and we tootled off to the allotment to check everything is ok. It's looking very bare apart from the sprouts... 


We cut some and gave the larger one to my brother and the smaller one to some new neighbours. And, yes, we did check that the neighbours don't actually hate sprouts first ๐Ÿ˜‚ There are loads more left for us and our daughter's family too.  I can't wait for Spring so that growing will begin again in earnest.

We found a couple of damp patches in our old shed which will need attention at some point, just not today. Gaps in the wood will require filling at some point. A dry day is needed to do it.

Stay safe everyone wherever in the world you happen to be x

Monday, 27 December 2021

My Word For 2022 & Planning Ahead

I hope you all had a super Christmas and spent it in the way you love best. At this point in the year I always feel that Christmas is over once more and I want to get on with planning the new year ahead.  We don't bother much with new year celebrations (despite me having Scottish heritage!) so I like to dismantle the decorations on New Year's Eve in order to begin the new year with a fresh, clean slate.

We spent Christmas day with our Daughter and her family and it was extra special.  Santa forgot to come to our new bungalow, he must have forgotten we were moving, but he left some of my favourite perfume at their house ๐Ÿ˜ƒ A smashing turkey dinner was cooked for us followed by a tea of salad and hot nibbles.  It was lovely.

They came to us on Boxing day and I cooked a ready prepared salmon & trout roast with dauphinoise potatoes and peas followed by white chocolate & berry cheesecake.   Tea was again salad and hot nibbles followed by cup cakes.  We all felt full but not full to bursting.

When the Grandchildren had gone I found these notes tucked under the energy display thingy!  They used to write on my wall calendar but I haven't got one here so they improvised with a tiny notepad found in one of the crackers ๐Ÿ˜‚  The monitor shows today's useage but I have done 3 loads of washing and some tumble drying today.  The beds were stripped, washed, dried and ironed today ๐Ÿ˜‡



I never make a new year's resolution because I know I will soon fall by the wayside so I'm taking a different approach.  I have decided on a new byword for 2022 and it will be :

                       COMPASSION

Hand in hand with compassion goes kindness and I will endeavour to show more of both during the forthcoming  year.  We have been so very lucky to get our new bungalow and are hopeful that we can pass on a little of our good fortune to others in need.  I don't as yet know what we can do, or how much, but we intend to try.


A weekly food bank donation will be a good place to start.

I'm also planning a challenge from 1st January to begin our Frugal Year on a Tight Budget.  I'm just working out the details and will let you know soon how I plan it to go....

Do you have a byword for the new year? Or any resolutions?

Stay safe everyone wherever in the world you happen to be x 

Friday, 24 December 2021

Christmas Love

                     Wishing you all a very happy Christmas. 

May it be full of love, laughter and hope for the future.

                                             ❤♥♥

Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Only a Matter of Time!


We put up the bird feeder in the new garden hoping to attract birds to help with slugs in the future but look who I spotted this morning.  It was only a matter of time!  We are happy to share....

Thank you everyone who commented on my last post about sewing at school.  The responses all brought a smile.  You experienced hated aprons, huge french knickers and the dreaded school dress among other things ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜  Unfortunately, we didn't have sewing classes at High School so I swayed towards knitting afterwards as a ball of wool was something I could buy with my pocket money.  Happy days, eh? ๐Ÿ˜„ 

Yesterday, we visited the garden centre and bought the new tree.  We did plump for a Rowan; Sorbus Pink Pagoda.  It shouldn't grow too large but will have lovely pink berries for the birds to feed on.

It's really cold this morning, just 2 degrees, so we will be staying in and watching TV now that the chores are finished for the day.  We have found Lost In Space on Netflix (our daughter set it up for us on her subscription) It's category age is 12 so we shouldn't be too scared ๐Ÿ˜‚

Stay well everyone wherever in the world you happen to be x

Sunday, 19 December 2021

Veg War and An Education in Sewing

It's difficult not to notice the veg price war going on at the moment.  When I popped into Sainsburys there was a whole load of veg bags near the front entrance priced at just 19p each.  I bought 500g parsnips, 500g of sprouts (we still have some growing on the allotment but I thought we could save those for later in the new year) and another swede all at 19p each.  They are beautifully fresh and I noticed there are potatoes, carrots, red cabbage and white cabbage all in the offer too.  I might get some more next week....


......A bit of research shows that Morrisons have theirs priced at 40p each or £1 for 3,  Tesco's are priced at 19p but you need to have their loyalty card,  Aldi have a variety also at 19p.  I just wish they would use veg as a loss leader more often.  It would be a big help to families struggling to put food on the table.

Thanks to all who commented on my last post and the 'Singing Neep' ๐Ÿ˜€I thought I would just reiterate how easy it is:

Take a swede (unwrapped obvs!) I give mine a rinse and pat dry but you don't have to, and bung it in the microwave sitting on a plate (because it gets a bit messy) there's no need to pierce it Microwave on full (mine is 800w) for about 20 minutes, turning it over a couple of times as it cooks.  When a sharp knife goes in easily, it's done.  I let it rest for a few minutes then cut and scoop out the soft flesh.  It will keep in the fridge for a day or two or can be frozen and reheated another time. Easy peasy and delicious too!

This morning I have enjoyed ironing for the first time in months. I set up the board in our lovely warm kitchen and listened to the Christmas music and carols on Classic FM.  It was lovely ๐Ÿ˜Š  I washed a load of towels, tumble dried them and put them away at the same time.  Then a sandwich and a bowl of yesterday's homemade veg soup for lunch.  Satisfying ๐Ÿ˜œ

Whilst ironing I noticed how tatty my T shirts are becoming.  They've been worn almost non-stop over the last 2 years and are shabby.  I cut up one of them with my pinking shears to make a couple of  lint free cloths for cleaning windows but need to make the others last until Spring.  I do have a couple of newish jumpers to wear over Christmas. I haven't bothered to buy anything new because we could be under lockdown again at any time and, anyway, money is tight since the move.

I got to thinking about sewing....

When I was at junior school I was taught to use a sewing machine, the kind where you turn the handle, and at the age of about 10 was tasked with making some pyjamas for myself.  I can't remember whether mum had to buy a pattern as well as the wincyette material to make them but I know it must have been difficult for her as I am the middle one of 3 children and she didn't work.  Anyway, I got the pattern and material and really enjoyed making my PJ's.  I did the buttonholes by hand and I do remember they had a collar too.  I LOVED those PJ's and wore them until the hems almost reached my knees and the buttons were stretched to bursting point across my chest!!

What was the first thing you made?

Thanks for popping in and stay safe everyone wherever in the world you happen to be x

Saturday, 18 December 2021

Too Close for Comfort & A Singing Neep

 Just a week to go before the big day and, just when I thought things might go according to plan, I heard this morning that our Granddaughter's close friend has tested positive for the Omicron variant of Covid.  GD has had one jab but couldn't have her second because she had a heavy cold at the time and the girls dance together at school ๐Ÿ˜ GD has been told that she doesn't need to isolate which seems daft, so she's staying in anyway and will be doing lateral flow tests every day right up to Christmas.  G, me, and her mum and dad are triple jabbed but can still pick it up by all accounts ๐Ÿ˜–

Too close for comfort.....

As they can't visit today I've been making soup for the freezer.  I emptied the bottom drawer of the fridge of bits of carrot, potato, onion etc to use them up.  I also found a swede so did my 'singing neep' trick of microwaving it whole and then scooping out the middle with a spoon....



I've divided it up into two plastic boxes, one of which can go in the freezer for a quick addition to another meal later on, and the other will be reheated and eaten tomorrow. It only takes about 20 minutes to cook it and saves the pain of trying to chop it up by hand.

It's now 4pm and DARK!  The days seem to disappear in a puff of smoke lately.  As the church concert has been cancelled tonight I have no idea what we can fill our long evening with.  There's not much of  interest on TV for us.  I've seen all the films on offer; Desperately Seeking Susan, The Full Monty and Kinky Boots so we might have to try The Equalizer 2 starring Denzel Washington which is on at 9pm.  Has anyone seen it?

Stay safe everyone wherever in the world you happen to be x


Friday, 17 December 2021

Nativity at the Church


The nativity scene is in place in the village and looks lovely......



We have tickets for a concert at the church tomorrow night with mandatory masks and social distancing but thought we had better check that it is still taking place.  It has been cancelled.  We are so disappointed  ๐Ÿ˜ž  as its the only thing we have been able to book to look forward to.  I went inside the church and lit a candle for our parents who are no longer with us but always spent every Christmas with us over the years. We still miss them....


Stay safe everyone  wherever in the world you happen to be x

Monday, 13 December 2021

Getting Free Stuff

In my last post I told you about the vouchers for free foodie gifts from Sainsbury's.  I had a restless night on Saturday/Sunday night as my neck and shoulders were quite painful so couldn't sleep well.  I awoke at just before 2am and was still awake at 5am.  I must have dropped off just after that because when I woke up again G had gone to work.  I decided to take the short drive to the supermarket just after opening at 10am to see if they had re-stocked.  They had!  I was lucky to get the crisps and cheesecake on offer;  normal cost £2.50 and £3.00 respectively, so £5.50 worth for FREE.......



Not only did I get them free but I scanned bonus points coupons as an experiment when I went to the Smartscan checkout point ( fully expecting them to be rejected) and they were accepted giving me an additional 650 points worth £3.25  I only had to pay for milk, eggs and pizza @ £2.79 so, when you think about it, I was paid to shop.... ๐Ÿ‘


G loves Christmas pudding and I'm not so keen as it's far too sweet so I buy him tiny, one portion puddings at £1 each.  In my food delivery this week they had run out of small puddings but sent me a big version valued at £3 and refunded the £2 difference as a voucher off next week.  I don't mind that at all.  It will feed the family when they visit ๐Ÿ˜€



Have you managed to pick up any bargains lately?

Stay safe everyone, wherever in the world you happen to be and I'm sending special thoughts to the parts of the US which have suffered the terrible consequences of the recent tornado xx

Saturday, 11 December 2021

An Interesting Offer & A Proud Moment

The first Christmas card from our new neighbours dropped onto the mat yesterday.  This little pug is so cute!


By the way, I keep forgetting to say how much I enjoyed the Dance School show last weekend.  The annual event is usually held in a theatre type venue with a good sound system and lavish costumes but this year, because of all the restrictions in place, it was held in a local gym with jigsaw matting for the dance area and the dancers were all dressed in black leotards and leggings.  It was AMAZING! Ability ranged from tiny 3 year olds with arms and legs all over the place to the precision of the 17 year olds, like my Granddaughter, who has won hundreds of trophies in competitions across the country.. She made me very proud ๐Ÿ˜Š

The postie delivered an interesting bit of mail from Sainsburys.....


It shows that I have shopped with them 42 times this year (not really a surprise as I have my shopping delivered weekly) and have popped loose produce in my basket a measly 5 times.  As I have home deliveries I have no control over that aspect sadly.....


There are vouchers for bonus Nectar points on certain purchases.....


And 3 free gifts!  As we needed a TV guide for next week we took the 5 minute drive to the local store so that I could redeem the vouchers.....


I got ....zilch....the shelves were bare in all 3 sections.  I might have to try again on another day.   I noticed gaps in lots of aisles especially crisps.  Has everyone stocked up on them like they did the toilet rolls??

One interesting snippet shows that I purchased 930 portions of fruit and veg this year.  It sounds like a lot but 5 a day x 365 days equals 1825 !  And that's just one person, so times that by two and it comes to 3650 ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜Ÿ  I know we have been eating fruit and veg from the allotment as well but I think there is still a shortfall.  Must try harder.....


The leaflet also shows that I am #6 buyer of tinned pears! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‚  We like them on our breakfast cereal.  I wonder what the 5 buyers ahead of me do with them?

Have a great weekend and thanks so much for popping in x

Thursday, 9 December 2021

Getting Into The Christmas Spirit!

Today was haircut day so that I can be spruced up in time for Christmas.  DD came for lunch and just before I went out she took this Snapchat photo of me. It makes me look 10 years younger.  What a filter can do, eh? ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚  (Hair, clothes and teeth all my own!!)



On my way back to the car I popped into Morrisons for next week's TV guide and succumbed to a scratchcard.  Yay! It's definitely a lucky day today.  £25 to help me to the end of the month!  We can buy a drink at next Tuesday's bingo and I'll buy something for the food bank too. Yay again!


Sue Hall pointed me in the direction of Kath Kelly's book How I Lived on £1 A Day.  I read a bit on Amazon and it's right up my street so I decided to go for it and got the kindle download for £2.08.  It will definitely be food for thought in the new year when we begin our new 'Frugal Year on a Tight Budget'  (I just thought up the title ....might be good... ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜ )

Anyway, I cooked salmon en croute for lunch for the three of us so it will be an easy tea, just crusty cobs with ham or cheese and some cherry tomatoes , followed by trifle.  A glass of Bailey's Irish cream could also be in the equation somewhere.  Well the title of this blog post is:

Getting Into the Christmas Spirit !!

How was your day?

Stay safe everyone wherever in the world you happen to be x

Tuesday, 7 December 2021

A Rainy December Day and a Surprise

Today storm Barra has begun to make his mark.  Overnight the weather turned wet, windy and freezing cold making it too nasty to venture far.  We took the easy option and drove the car to the village pub as they have bingo every Tuesday at 1.30pm.  We had 3 games for £1.50 including a free tea, coffee or hot chocolate and a biscuit which is a real bargain.  Sitting in a warm pub for an hour and having a bit of company and a giggle for £1.50 can't be bad. We would normally buy a drink each but finances are too stretched today so we couldn't.....


But I won on a line and got these.....


I felt a bit guilty for not having bought a drink but we will next time and we had a warm welcome anyway.

Thanks to everyone who left comments on my last post, they are much appreciated.  Welcome too to my newest followers.  It's lovely to have you pop in!

When I checked the joint account this morning I could see that we have had our government Christmas bonus of £10 each.  The amount hasn't changed for donkey's years as I can remember my mum and dad getting the same amount.  I'm amazed that it hasn't been stopped completely but very grateful for it.  An extra £10 in my purse is a bit of a safety net and will help me eke out my cash until the end of the month, so thank you to the powers that be.

That's all my news for now.  I admire the bloggers who are posting every day for Blogmass, I wouldn't have enough interesting things to talk about!

Stay warm and safe everyone wherever in the world you happen to be x

Friday, 3 December 2021

Officially Excited!


 We are now into December and on the countdown to Christmas Day, so I can officially get excited! ๐Ÿ˜‡

We collected the door wreath yesterday and that always puts me in a good mood.  I can smell the fresh foliage every time I lock or unlock the door ๐Ÿ˜Š  We have free tickets to the concert at the village church on 18th (although we will have to pay to get out! Seriously, just a collection ....) and I'm going to see our Granddaughter in the dance show on Sunday afternoon, God willing.  There will be temperature checks at the door and masks are mandatory so I should feel safe for the couple of hours the show lasts.  The school performance on 16th has been cancelled though, which is a shame because all the dancers have worked so hard in after school rehearsals. 

All my Christmas cards have been written and either handed out or posted, money has been popped into envelopes,  gifts, gift wrap and gift bags have been purchased, salmon has been ordered for Boxing Day when the family will descend on us for the day,  supermarket deliveries have been booked right up to 20th December , so all that is left to do is to buy fresh salad stuff on Christmas Eve when I collect the order.  Phew....Order has been restored ๐Ÿ˜€ AND BREATHE.......

There is enough money in the joint account to pay any bills which are due right up to the middle of January.  G is paying for me to have my hair cut next week and I have a dental checkup on 13th (money from the joint a/c)   My car MOT is due on 15th.  The £47 cost is in the account but I desperately hope it will pass it's MOT as I have no more money.  There's £15 in my purse and 34p in my bank account to last until 31st December ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

How are you doing with your preparations?

Thanks for popping in and stay safe wherever in the world you happen to be x

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Planting Britain

We are starting to plan the garden and popped to B & Q yesterday for six small slabs to site the storage box on behind the garage so that it will be out of sight of the living room. At the entrance there were loads of the usual big Poinsettia plants on sale for Christmas at just £4 each.  With my Eagle eye  I spotted some with red stickers...half price at only £2 .....so we snapped up two of them ; one for us and one for DD.  I can never keep houseplants going but will give it my best shot....



Earlier in the week we had purchased our first tree; an Amelanchier 'Snowflake' which should be covered in white  blossom in the Spring.  Apparently, insects will love it and then it will give a display of red leaves in the autumn.  It won't grow too tall but will spread a bit over the years so planting it in the right hand corner of the garden  will ultimately give us some screening from the bedroom windows of the neighbours at the back.  It's another expensive stick right now but should be lovely in a few months time....



The area beside the garage is intended to be our 'pots paradise' area.  G intends to gravel the area and arrange decorative pots in a visually pleasing manner ๐Ÿ™„ The jury is out on that one at the moment.  As it is, it's more a plant graveyard! The conifer there will be brought onto the patio and decorated with Christmas lights any day now ๐Ÿ˜€ and the roses trimmed back against any winter winds, then we will decide what to do with it in the new year....




The bird feeding station from the old house has been set up at last and we have had our first visitor, a lovely little Robin ๐Ÿ˜€  We also have Sammy, the resident squirrel,  who might help the birds to empty the feeder I think ๐Ÿคจ Watch this space....


 Now we are debating which other tree to buy.  We know we would like another but can't decide between a Rowan or an Acer with big red leaves like Autumn King.  I'm swaying towards Rowan because of the berries for the birds.  The Rowan at the last house only had around a dozen berries when we left though. What would you go for?

The neighbours here have begun to decorate the outside of their homes with spectacular Christmas lights.  The street is already looking fantastic.  I've ordered a door wreath for collection in a week or so but really hope it will be ready early.  Fingers crossed ๐Ÿคž On December 1st I will allow myself to get excited ๐Ÿ˜Š   Are you preparing decorations yet?

Stay safe everyone wherever in the world you happen to be x 


Saturday, 20 November 2021

App-y Bargains! & Christmas Planning

I have never been a fan of downloading Apps for this and Apps for that on my phone.  My phone is for calls, texts and the odd photograph but I did download the Nectar app in order to make use of collecting loyalty points.  We have a weekly Sainsburys grocery delivery which is an enormous help as neither of us can carry heavy shopping any more but we do miss having a bit of a browse instore.  I have discovered not only that our new local Sainsburys is fairly quiet early on Saturday morning, but that my Nectar app offers me discounted prices on some of the items I usually buy.  So I popped in this morning and got the following:



Skimmed milk usually 89p for 2 pints , my price 60p (I bought 2 to last the week).....


4 Nut Cutlets, usual price £1.75, my price £1.23 (I bought 2 packs which will make a total of 8 portions @ roughly 31p each)  I pop a couple in the oven when I'm making roast potatoes and serve them with lots of extra veg and gravy.  No meat required for G! .....


Really nice British vine tomatoes usually £1.95, my price £1.37.....

Oh and 2 tins of pears in juice usually £1.00 each, my price 75p  We like those on our breakfast cereal with a big dollop of thick, live yogurt......


I saved a total of £2.70

With Christmas fast approaching I know that the delivery slots will fill up fast so any extras I can get to fill my cupboards and the new freezer are very welcome.  I think I will try having deliveries every 2 weeks instead of weekly for the time being.  It will free up a slot or two for someone else whose need might be greater and we can make the 5 minute drive to the store instead just to top up on bread, milk and fresh stuff.   I have already pre-ordered some salmon for us and the family on Boxing Day and have some boxed bitty things like spring rolls and Indian nibbles in the freezer already.  I have bought a Christmas cake.  I don't feel up to making one this year and we are all usually too full to eat cake on the big day anyway.  If G wants a slice he can make do with shop bought ๐Ÿ˜

Just before I popped out I found a scratchcard in my handbag.  It must have been purchased weeks ago and forgotten about, so I scratched it off whist finishing my cup of tea.....



 Yay! I won £25 (doing a happy dance!)  As I'm pretty broke until the end of the month (crikey...still 10 days away ๐Ÿ˜)  I'm 'made up' as they say.  I actually have bank notes in my purse right now ๐Ÿ˜Ž

As I have been unable to go anywhere much due to my back pain, I still have half a tank of fuel left too.  I will savour this moment of having cash in my purse, petrol in my little car, and I've dropped a few coppers into an empty coffee jar to begin my Sealed Pot Challenge for 2022.  Yes, I know it's not sealed but I can resist touching it until I can find a cheap sealed tin to put it in, I swear!

It's dark and dismal here with snow forecast for the middle of next week. What are you doing this weekend?

Stay safe everyone wherever in the world you happen to be x

Thursday, 18 November 2021

Roundup For The Week


After G had gone to work on Sunday morning I went to put the kettle on for my morning cuppa and was greeted by this.... 


We have a dishwasher for the first time in 12 years and it was empty, for heavens sake, so why not tidy up his breakfast stuff?? Even my hare looks stunned ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜ก ๐Ÿ˜‚

Progress this week has been:

New light fittings in the sitting room, 

A 2 way switch fitted ( free of charge by the builders) to the lights in the hall so that we can turn them on as we come in the front door and turn them off by the sitting room instead of having to retrace our steps and walk in the dark,

Today the lovely electrician also fitted a double light switch in the sitting room for us for just £20 so that we have the choice of having one set of lights on at a time instead of both together, thus saving money, 

Our dual fuel bill arrived for the month in the sum of £76.26 We are on the standard capped rate so can do nothing yet. Bill paid.

All changes of address notified (as far as we can tell) at last!

My £100 winter fuel allowance has gone into the joint account. G still waiting. 

The last of the brocolli has been harvested from the allotment along with a few delicious Brussel Sprouts ๐Ÿ˜œ

There's not much left growing there now, just sprouts, winter cabbage and a bit of lettuce.  Homemade compost has been spread on the empty beds ready for spring planting.  My back is still painful so I have been unable to do anything to help other than pick sprouts ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Stay well everyone x


Saturday, 13 November 2021

Freezers, Stash Cupboard and Christmas Plans

 My new freezer arrived just before 6pm on Tuesday and was placed, at our request, in the garage.  The delivery driver was very angry at the work load he had been given as it meant he'd worked a 12 hour shift.  Some difficult delivery and fitting problems (as well as awkward customers) had pushed him to the brink apparently.  He had one more delivery to make then he was quitting his job ๐Ÿ˜• To be honest, I could understand his grumpiness but felt really sorry for the young lad helping him.  He looked like a school leaver and must have had a horrendous day working with such an uptight driver.  I really hope his next companion will be more laidback....

Anyway, in the cold light of day we could clearly see that our new freezer was damaged...


.... the remedy entailed submitting the photo to customer services and then phoning them, waiting in a long telephone queue for 11 minutes until picked up.  We had the option of ordering a replacement and waiting in for delivery and collection of the damaged one or accepting a discount.  I was offered just 10% which I refused, then 15%.  As the damage appears to be cosmetic and on the less visible side of the freezer once in place,  we decided to keep it.  The £25.35 refunded has been used to buy some frozen fish and vegetables to begin filling it up.  Luckily, it will still be covered under warranty.  Why is NOTHING simple?

Since Monday I have had a dicky back.  I have no idea what triggered it but bending without thinking gives me the 'electric shock' effect of a nerve being pinched.  Quite apart from being painful it makes getting into the car tricky, sitting uncomfortable and for wobbly walking.  There is so much I wanted to do this weekend whilst G is at work and I can't do any of it, not least of which was sorting out my craft stash to minimize storage boxes in the 'understair' cupboard.  Yes, I know we now have a bungalow with no stairs but it's a habit I can't seem to break ๐Ÿ˜‚  It's just going to have to wait.

DD and the family are coming over tomorrow afternoon as Son in Law has promised to fit some new light fittings in the sitting room for us.  They will look heaps better than the bare bulbs left by the builders.

Reading about people already writing Christmas cards has spurred me on to begin present shopping.  The gift list since Covid has shrunk to miniscule proportions as we have mutually agreed with others that we can't face physical shopping again this year.  I have bought gifts for our Daughter & Son in Law, the Grandchildren prefer money and a small gift to open on the big day, and I'm popping a bit of cash in a card for each nephew, niece, and youngster whom I like to acknowledge.  I've sent a little money to our Son in Sydney so that he can buy and wrap a small gift from us for our 6 yrs old GD.  Effectively, my Christmas gift shopping is done!

Are you buying less this year?  Or do you want to make up for last year?

Stay safe everyone wherever in the world you happen to be x

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Books, books and books!

I must confess that this post was inspired by the ' 2  Sue's '  ๐Ÿ˜€  Both are book lovers and will happily confess to that;  Sue from A Smaller and Simpler Life and Sue from My Quiet life in Suffolk.
Like you I love my books although I had to sell or donate a very high proportion of them when we moved last time.  Now that we have the bungalow,  I still have my new acquisitions guarded by my book dragon in the bedroom. I'm about to begin the Milly Johnson one very soon.....



But there is now room for a display cabinet in the sitting room which just happens to look much nicer with a few colourful books on the shelves  ๐Ÿ˜‚....



Whilst unpacking my few remaining books I re-discovered my Bible which my Sister and her (now) husband bought me for my 6th birthday......


....as well as my well used school Hymn book. It's a bit battered but it's 60 years old after all....


Inside is the not very neatly written school hymn.  Talk about blots on my copy book!




I can't part with these two for sentimental reasons.  I wish now that I had kept my Sunday school prizes.
How long have you had your oldest book?

Stay safe everyone, wherever in the world you happen to be x
 

Sunday, 7 November 2021

A Catchup Post

 It's been almost a week since my birthday already.  Thank you so much to everyone who commented and left me lovely birthday greetings.  I appreciate each and every one of you ๐Ÿ˜Š  

Our meal at the local steakhouse with the family was nice, but unremarkable, and very expensive and I felt guilty that our Son in Law insisted on treating us.  The Grandchildren really enjoyed their meal and ate almost every scrap though so it wasn't money wasted.  G and I just had a main course and soft drinks .  I don't think we'll be going there again any time soon but it was lovely to see the family.

Our post was late with my birthday cards.  We had a great wodge of post two days later including  4 cards.

Thank you for your suggestions for finding groups to join.  The  facebook WI group does seem to be inactive.  I popped into the village library on Friday, filled in the form to join and was given a card there and then.  What a revelation it turned out to be! The two ladies on duty were veritable mines of information regarding walking groups, exercise classes and craft groups etc  I will investigate and decide what I want to join soon.  They will be restarting classes at the library during the afternoon too.

I noticed when I did the online shopping that the delivery slots are creeping up in price, possibly due to increases in fuel prices and wages of delivery drivers.  My usual slot has gone up from £1 to £3 so I've changed the time to a cheaper one and after careful consideration we have ordered a small chest freezer for the garage.  It is especially suitable for outbuildings (so the blurb says) and is ok down to -15 C. This will mean that I can batch cook and portion it up to freeze for when I really don't feel up to cooking, which seems to happen more and more lately ๐Ÿ˜• and during the growing season I can freeze allotment produce.  Meanwhile I'll top it up with supermarket veg, meat for G as well as fish, just in case we get a hard Winter.  I ordered the freezer last night and it will be here sometime on Tuesday.  They will apparently text me a 4 hour delivery slot on the day.  Not bad at all for a total of £169.

Wow, 1pm and my tummy is growling at me.  Time for lunch...

Stay safe everyone wherever in the world you happen to be x



Monday, 1 November 2021

Another Year Lived


 Today is my birthday. I find it hard to believe that I'm 72 years old already ๐Ÿ˜ฑ DD and the family came to visit on Saturday and Son in Law fitted a security light up for us in the back garden. Now we are more countryside than town it's quite dark in the garden at night and I don't want to be tripping up when I go out to the bins. I have fancied a big open faced clock in the kitchen, placed above the table, ever since I saw theirs in the garden, so they bought me one as a surprise birthday present. It's a lovely 'rubbed' silver colour wlth black hands and I love it. No excuses now to be late for anything!

I really want to start getting involved in village life as I rarely go out other than on errands so I've been trying to track down local WI groups without much luck. I applied to join the Facebook closed group (no response whatsoever), the local church is closed and you have to still book to attend a service, and I can't find a theatre group anywhere.  How do you go about finding these groups? I would also volunteer at a food bank if I was needed. I'll just have to keep looking.....

Since we moved our post has been delivered about once a week, if we're lucky, so I might or might not have some birthday cards today! I've got 3 anyway ; one from my very best friend, one from DD and one from my Grandchildren. We are meeting them tonight for a pub meal as it's Son in Laws birthday today too. I'm looking forward to that ๐Ÿ˜

Stay safe everyone wherever in the world you happen to be x

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Precious Memories


A while ago Sue, from A Smaller & Simpler Life, commented on items she couldn't bear to part with, for example a glass frog her son bought for her when he was younger.  Whilst unpacking after our latest move to the bungalow I unwrapped the items in the photo.  They were birthday presents from my son and daughter when they were still at school.  I can't for the life of me remember who bought which item but I can't part with them. They have come with us through 3 house moves and must be at least 35 years old. 

Do you have an item you simply can't bear to let go?

Stay safe everyone wherever in the world you happen to be x

Edit:

Forgot to say we had our Covid booster jabs yesterday.  My arm aches and I feel very tired.  G is fine.  I'm off for a sit down with a cuppa ๐Ÿ˜ฉ






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Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Too Good To Go... Frugal Or Not?


I'm inclined to think ...not frugal for us... I managed to obtain a Too Good To Go bag a couple of weeks ago from the Co op near the allotment.We just happened to be there at the right time to get a '12 pound bag' which is supposed to be £12 worth of food for £3.99.  Sounds good doesn't it.  When I collected it and unpacked it in the allotment shed I was a bit disappointed to be honest.  There was a sandwich and a pot of fruit which was great for G to take to work the next day, a pack of salad for me and some nice baby new potatoes but the rest was stuff I wouldn't normally buy with a short date.  When I added up the red sticker prices it just about came to £3.99 anyway so I would have been better off just shopping for myself and picking only the items we could eat quickly.  There was a pack of assorted ready prepared veg  which had already turned brown in places and a pack of strawberries which were mushy and mouldy.  They both went on the compost heap there and then ๐Ÿคข




At the allotment we spotted a huge cooking apple still clinging to the tree which is already losing it's leaves for Autumn.   A bit of determination, willpower and team work sent the apple tumbling down into my eager hands ๐Ÿ˜






Once home it became microwaved stewed apple with packet custard to accompany.....





.....a cheesy grilled mushroom with half a small tin of beans each


 Now THAT  is what I call frugal  as well as 3 of our 5 a day portions of fruit and veg! ๐Ÿ˜‡


Thank you so much everyone for your good wishes on our anniversary,  we had a lovely day ๐Ÿ˜Š

Stay safe everyone wherever in the world you happen to be x 

Sunday, 17 October 2021

Going for Gold


 

Yesterday was our Golden Wedding Anniversary.  Where on earth has half a century gone? Our daughter bought us the mugs in the photo,  please note the wording on them.  G says "too true! "

We had always planned on treating ourselves to a river cruise for our 50th Anniversary but it was not meant to be...... so we went out to dinner with DD and her family to a nice pub in the village.  It was lovely and we popped a bottle of Prossecco to share when we got home.  One 6th of a bottle didn't do me any harm ๐Ÿ˜‚

Take care everyone x

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